Academic Enrichment

Reading Area Community College encourages students to continue their academic pursuits outside of the classroom. Often the same written work you produce in your class can be used to present at conferences or even be published in our literary journal.

In addition to writing, there are numerous leadership opportunities on campus, including Student Government, a year-round Leadership Program and multiple student clubs with officer positions.

Have you always wanted to travel? A scholarship program through the business department and international travel through the Phi Theta Kappa honor society may help fulfill your dreams.

Finally, if you like to perform, there are multiple venues, highlighted by the annual RACC Idols competition each spring.

Writing and Research

Legacy – RACC's annual scholarly journal accepts submissions from students and invites students to join the editorial staff.

Front Street Journal – The College newspaper welcomes content from students and invites students to become staff writers and hold other editorial positions.

Ronald Borkert Award for Library Research – This campus competition is an opportunity for students to submit their traditional course research papers for the award. For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Heckman (mheckman@racc.edu).

The Beacon Conference – Students work with faculty mentors from their colleges to prepare and submit research papers that demonstrate outstanding scholarship and originality. Please contact Dr. Donna Singleton (dsingleton@racc.edu) for more information.

Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC) Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference – This annual conference is open to students from each of the Berks County colleges and universities. Student presentations can be in the form of a paper presentation, poster, artwork, film or performance. Please contact RACC professor C.L. Costello (ccostello@racc.edu) for more information.

Reading Area Community College Colloquium – This annual showcase of student work represents each of the College's academic divisions. Please contact RACC professor C.L. Costello (ccostello@racc.edu) for more information.

Nota Bene – literary journal open to Phi Theta Kappa honor society members.

Leadership Opportunities

Phi Theta Kappa – RACC has a chapter of this international honor society for two-year schools.

Student Government Association – Open to all students at RACC who want to have their voice heard.

Student Professional Development & Leadership Program – A year-round program at RACC that provides students with educational opportunities to explore, identify, develop and enhance their leadership potential.

Foreign Study and Travel Opportunities

Danzer Foundation Scholarship – Each year a business student from RACC is invited to spend a semester studying in Reutlingen, Germany. For more information, please contact Professor Mary Lou Kline (mkline@racc.edu). Read about Maria Madera and Ryan Bertoldi who studied through this scholarship.

International Scholar Laureate Program – Phi Theta Kappa honor society students are offered foreign study opportunities. Read more about RACC students who have traveled on these trips.

Performance Opportunities

Norton Anthology Recitation Contest – College and high school students can submit their recitation of a famous work for this annual competition.

Bruce Stanley Memorial Poetry Series – RACC welcomes local poets to campus for this quarterly series that is open to everyone. Guests are invited to share their work during an open mic at the end of the event. For more information, please contact Hettie Campion (hcampion@racc.edu).

RACC Idols – A student talent competition held each winter with the winner and first runner-up advancing to Berks Got Talent. For more information, please contact Sue Gelsinger (sgelsinger@racc.edu).